Thursday, November 29, 2012
Instant Gratification can mean...
Have you ever thought about what it means to be instantly gratified? Why do we need to have everything right now?
It sounds so foolish. It is like being a little kid saying, "I want it and I want it right now." We tell ourselves the same thing when we are driving past a drive-thru or walking through the halls of a mall. We tell ourselves, "Well, if I don't grab that Cinnabon now or that hamburger, when will I have a chance to have it again?" So we head into the court to get our instant fix.
But is it really? What are you feeling while you sit there eating that fried piece of pastry with sugar sticking to your fingers? Bliss? Feeling like it is a slice of heaven? Ah, yes. This is great.
Reality will set in about 2 seconds after you crunch up the wrapper and head to the trash bin. "I am still hungry." And I just downed a piece of fried white flour mixed with sugar and a sugar coating. And the instant gratification...well, not so much.
The instant gratification just turned into instant disappointment. Instant guilt. Instant self condemnation. Instant self loathing. Instant feelings of failure.
I am not saying you have to give it up totally. But maybe for a while. Give it up for a day. Walk past the food court and hold your head high. Feel the confidence. You are not going to die because you didn't get "the fix." But by the time you get home, you are going to feel super proud of yourself. Now ask yourself if you feel really terrible for not handing over your hard earned dollars for that doughnut. The only one feeling terrible now is the person behind the counter for not making a sale. Think of how alert you are and not feeling pulled down from the empty calories.
You may have just needed to read this blog. But to tell the truth, I am talking to myself. I need this as much anybody.
Thanks for coming by and reading. Here's to you and your success this holiday shopping season of staying out of the food courts. You (& I) can do this.